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LITERATURE: Mondays Book Talk

Post 201.  Mondays Book Talk: Series 5 
Guest Talk by MikeH
Sons of Fortuneby Jeffrey Archer 
Sons of Fortune is the first novel from English author and former politician Jeffrey Archer, that I got the opportunity to read. This is a story about two brothers separated by fate and reunited by destiny. In late 1940s, Hartford, Connecticut a set of twins are separated at birth by the nurse of a millionaire couple, after their own child - born on the same day - dies in the hospital. The nurse secretly switches Peter for the dead Fletcher Davenport. Nat Cartwright goes home with his parents, a schoolteacher and an insurance salesman, while his twin brother is to begin his days as Fletcher Andrew Davenport, son of a wealthy CEO and his society wife.

Nathaniel Cartwright and Fletcher Davenport are raised in different worlds, and have both thrived among the best and brightest of their generation. In an era of violent change, free love, and blind ambition, Nat goes off to war, while Fletcher enters …

LITERATURE: Screenplay - Sector 2

Post 200. Written by Ben Kesp

The second screenplay which is being published along with The Firm is named Sector 2 and was written between 2001 and 2007, consisting of 25 episodes of fifty-minute duration. 
Planet Earth’s first encounter with an alien race was with the Carnarians, a peaceful telepathic race of humanoids who lived on a planet known as Osorus. Earth’s Military United Defence Agency (EMUD) and United Space Travellers of Earth Agency (USTE) formed an alliance with the Carnarian people, developing trade and human relations. Earth’s Space Agency grid mapped the space surrounding its galaxy encompassing the Carnarian home world of Osorus, naming it Sector 1. 
The new era that dawned for Earth was short lived following the arrival of an aggressive race called the Mirons from an unknown destination who targeted and destroyed the majority of the Carnarian race, leading to a peace agreement being established between Earth and the Mirons. The agreement spared the inhabitants of O…

LITERATURE: The Role of Storytelling

Post 199. Written by Ben Kesp

The history of storytelling has been told many times, dating back to the earliest cave paintings, oral traditions and to the first surviving recorded tale of Gilamesh, relating to the Sumerian King, but have we considered why the art of storytelling is so important to us and its role? 
Storytelling is an integral part of all cultures and its role will always play a vital function. As a social race, we need stories. The art of storytelling has evolved, transcending all forms of art. It’s our way of communicating and not just about our past or the role it plays in our personal lives, but it is alive and well in all professional aspects. In business, education and all industry sectors, we can see the art of storytelling being portrayed each day. To communicate a message, whether in the classroom, a boardroom presentation or a religious sermon, we learn and understand the concepts when they are placed in a story. Not only does it enrich the experience but it …

CULTURE: A Magical Town in Mexico: Orizaba

Post 198.

Guest Post by MikeH

A historically amazing city stands halfway between Mexico City and the port of Veracruz, combining the most beautiful European architecture and natural attractions of the Mexican landscapes. Orizaba, a city rich in historical heritage, is located at one of the first Spanish settlements of 16th century Mexico.
I feel so proud that my home city has become a Mexican treasure, something I never considered when I last lived there many years ago. In my opinion, many of its attractions had never been highlighted giving the impression nothing stood out! This all has changed after the current mayor saw the potential in such a historical place, giving the city a complete makeover and transforming it into the vibrant place it is today. The redevelopment contributed to Orizaba obtaining the title of Magical Town - an incentive program from the Mexican government aiming at improving the quality of selected national destinations to enhance the local economy and stimulat…

LITERATURE: Screenplay - The Firm

Post 197. Written by Ben Kesp

Towards the end of 2016 I began “dusting” off old screenplays which I wrote many years ago and decided I would have some samples published. The first one named The Firm was written between 1999 and 2002, consisting of 23 episodes of about twenty minutes duration. 
The scripted serial is based on the Lavin family. Robert Lavin founded the Lavin Group of Industries in the late 1960s and over the following decades the organisation grew into a multi-billion pound industry diversifying in transport of bulk fuels - coal, oil and gas; oil and gas drilling; overseas foreign investments in development of power supply bases; global debt collectors and consultancy services for corporate mergers and acquisitions. 
The head office (HQ) for the Lavin Group is located in Dublin City, Ireland with offices and factories in Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, Poland, Brazil and the Philippines. 
Robert Lavin, the majority shareholder of the Lavin group has died unexp…

HIST & MYTH: Imbolc - Feast of St. Brigid

Post 196. Written by Ben Kesp

A short post this morning to welcome the first of the ancient Celtic festivals for the New Year – Imbolc or also known as the feast of St. Brigid
The festival marks the arrival of spring and is associated with the Goddess Brigit, daughter of the Great Dagda (Tuatha Dé Danann). Brigit is the goddess of all things of high dimensions like high-rising flames, highlands, hill-forts and upland areas. She is associated with states of wisdom, excellence, perfection, high intelligence, poetic eloquence, craftsmanship, healing ability, druidic knowledge and skill in warfare. She is largely associated with the home and hearth. Brigit’s crosses are made consisting of rushes woven into a shape similar to a swastika. They were and still are hung over doors, windows and stables to welcome Brigit and protect the buildings from fire and lightning. The crosses were generally left in place until the following Imbolc, to be replaced by newer ones.
St. Brigid was born in Dun…